EVERMAN - The eighth-ranked Stephenville Yellow Jackets posted their first win of the football season tonight at J.E. Marr Stadium in Everman with a 41-16 victory over the Class 5A Bulldogs, getting a pair of touchdown runs from Kason Phillips.

The Jackets were coming off a 45-35 loss to second-ranked Argyle in the first game of the season. SHS entered that game ranked No. 5 in the AP poll.

“It was a great win, and our confidence level should be really good,” SHS head coach Greg Winder said. “Our kids have worked so hard, and this shows that it pays off.

The game was tight in the first three quarters, and the Jackets trailed early, 7-0, after a 63-yard TD run by the Bulldogs. 

“That’s what Everman does, is big-play you to death,” Winder said.

Phillips’ first score, from 8 yards out, tied it at 7 with 9:20 remaining in the opening quarter.

SHS led by a slim 14-10 margin after the Bulldogs kicked a 27-yard field goal at the 3:55 mark in the second quarter.

That margin increased to 21-10 on a 12-yard TD run by quarterback Cole Stanley with 43 seconds left in the first half.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Jackets piled on three TD’s in the final quarter, including a 72-yard interception return by Payton Kimple.

Stanley also threw a 57-yard TD pass to Caden Cowan late in the first quarter.

Running back Krece Nowak scored on an 18-yard run at the 9-minute mark in the fourth quarter, and Kimple’s interception return came with just under 5 minutes left in the game.

The Bulldogs added their other TD on another big play, a 66-yard TD run, before SHS picked up its final score on a 2-yard scoring run by Phillips.

Stanley passed for 245 yards in all, completing 14 of 27 attempts.

Krece Nowak led the Jackets in rushing with 48 yards on 11 carries, and added 60 yards on four catches.

Cowan had a team-high 68 yards receiving on two receptions. 

The Jackets improved to 1-1 on the season, while Everman slipped to 0-2. In their first game of the season, the Jackets lost to Argyle, which maintained its No. 2 state ranking in the Associated Press Class 4A Division I state poll. SHS was fifth in the AP preseason rankings.

Stephenville’s next game will be its third straight game on the road, this time at Abilene Wylie on Friday, Sept. 14 (7:30 p.m.).

Wylie fell to 0-2 on the season with its 28-21 loss to Lubbok Monterey Friday night at home. The Bulldogs’ season-opening loss was also at home, 31-7 to Georgetown.

Wylie had been in the same district as Stephenville until UIL realignment moved the Bulldogs into Class 5A Division II, District 3. The Jackets will play Georgetown in Stephenville on Sept, 28, in their final non-district game.